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January 15, 2018
Tremendous redeeming movie. it took awhile for it to get going, but when it did I was in it. Great suspense. Lansbury added surprisingly sassy support. 1001 movies to see before you die.
August 25, 2017
A riveting film with a captivating Academy Award winning performance by Ingrid Bergman, including 18-year-old Angela Lansbury's debut. This tale of domestic abuse and mystery still resonates today.
May 6, 2017
While the gender politics are almost unbearable, this is a classic in the old-fashioned and truest sense. You can't tear your eyes away from Ingrid Bergman. She is magic.
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
February 28, 2017
Charles Boyer is deliciously creepy and evil in this psychological thriller from 1944, and Ingrid Bergman plays the part of his young wife well, slowly tricked into believing she's losing her mind. Joseph Cotten is her knight in shining armor, and Angela Lansbury makes the most of a small part in her very first film role at the age of 18, as the somewhat flirtatious young maid in the house, and we wonder if she has a role in the scheming that's going on. I loved how Director George Cukor made the film as claustrophobic as Bergman feels herself, by keeping most of the scenes indoor amidst dark lighting and shadows, and outdoor scenes enveloped in London fog. It's quite atmospheric. The movie seems to lack tension towards the middle, when everyone knows what's going on - what Boyer is doing and how he is doing it (which is a bit of a weakness) - but it ends very well, with some scenes that may have you on the edge of your seat.
January 31, 2017
Where "gaslighting" originated.
January 31, 2017
wiki: "Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target's belief."
RTom sz "one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made, thanks to Bergman's stellar, Oscar-winning performance."
Leftists currently using the term again to smear DJT.
Charles Boyer (young!) plays the villainous husb.
And a young Angela Landsbury!
January 30, 2017
This is how gaslight became a verb. Great psychological thriller! Story of a domineering husband emotionally abusing his poor wife into a state of insanity. Excellent Academy-award winning performance from Ingrid Bergman. And Boyer plays about the most hateful character I have ever seen.
Casting was perfect. (check out a young, 18-year old, pre- Murder She Wrote Angela Lansbury in her first role!)
Obviously will need to suspend disbelief to review this. No one could systematically implement so thorough & time-consuming a scheme as Boyer's character did here. even though everyone suspected it was Boyer in the attic, I thought perhaps the reveal happened too early.
August 12, 2016
I would have rated this 3.5 stars, but (an 18 year old!) Angela Lansbury's vibrant performance, the highlight of the film, pushes it half a star higher.
½ August 10, 2016
Nice little film with Bergman always so fabulous. She plays a beauty a bit easy to fool and weak in the mind. She made another thriller of the kind where her husband tries to make her crazy. Very good acting. It passes the test of time.
½ August 10, 2016
Nice little film with Bergman always so fabulous. She plays a beauty a bit easy to fool and weak in the mind. She made another thriller of the kind where her husband tries to make her crazy. Very good acting. It passes the test of time.
June 2, 2016
It builds enough tension and suspense to work, but it takes a considerable amount of time to launch its full potential.
½ March 14, 2016
The dynamic between Bergman & Boyer is terrific.
Super Reviewer
½ November 27, 2015
Bergman won an Oscar for her role but it was Boyer who should have won many for his meticulous performance as the mysterious husband (he was nominated, though) in this taut thriller whose tension is increased by an exemplary art direction and mise-en-scène.
½ September 10, 2015
Lacks mystery and intrigue - quite predictable.

A young woman, Paula Alquist (played by Ingrid Bergman) leaves her home in England for Italy, for singing lessons. There she meets and falls in love with a pianist, Gregory Anton (played by Charles Boyer). They marry and move back to London, to live in the house Paula's aunt was murdered in, 10 years earlier. However, Gregory's intentions toward Paula aren't entirely romantic, or benevolent...

For a movie with such sinister plots involved, this movie is quite predictable. You can see all the links and plans involving Gregory in the first 40 minutes or so. And some of his plans are just plain lame (the watch at the concert...).

Good performances from Bergman and Boyer plus Joseph Cotten and Dame May Whitty. 18-year old Angela Lansbury made her debut in this movie and puts in a solid performance.

The minor performances can be quite laughable though - the risk of filming an English setting in the US (and you can thank WW2 for that). Best example of this is the scene with a cop whose accent frequently veers violently between English Cockney and southern-US in mid-sentence! Unintentionally funny.

Ultimately a mediocre story, with some solid performances from the leads. Had heaps of potential, but much of this was squandered.
½ June 24, 2015
Fantastic! It sort of takes a while to arrive at the mysterious part, but when it does, it's an emotional experience! My friend and I were very invested! Great movie!
June 9, 2015
It's what Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" should have been.
April 29, 2015
Though this is now somewhat dated, the mood, lighting and many of the performances (especially from Bergman) in this psychological mystery-thriller are still outstanding. AAN 1001
April 25, 2015
One creeper of a drama that highlights psychological abuse. It's really scary to think how one could reject their own experience in favor of what someone else says happened.
April 2, 2015
Starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten. Bergman is superb in this suspenseful story of a woman being driven to the brink of insanity by her manipulative, potentially murderous husband (Boyer). A young Angela Lansbury (in her film debut) is fine as the housemaid who may (or may not be) in cahoots with Boyer. Cotten provides good support as a detective who suspects Boyer has something to hide and sets out to prove it. Directed by George Cukor.
January 20, 2015
Perhaps Cukor is mostly known as a "Women's director", but this movie proves that he was much more than that. He could take any play to adapt it so masterfully to the screen only to make us realize what a talented filmmaker he was. "Gaslight" has its moments of tension, insanity and beauty just as it is meant to be, also stained with those accurate performances by the main cast; Boyer, Bergman and Cotten.
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